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The Ultimate 4-2-3-1 (Possession Football)

Used for an all Italian AC Milan squad and doesn't need midfielders with top stats to work.

By on Dec 28, 2015   107869 views   16 comments
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FM 2016 Tactics - The Ultimate 4-2-3-1 (Possession Football)
The intended purpose of this tactic is to keep the ball and patiently wait for a chance to strike, i only had very few players with passing and teamwork above 15 so don't worry about that too much, this will work brilliantly against teams that have weaker\slightly better midfield than yours so don't try to outplay Barca\Madrid for example with this tactic when you're coaching a mid-table\top team in a weaker league because it is highly unlikely that this will work if their midfield is far superior.

This tactic allows wing backs to advance and wingers to stay narrow crowding the midfield and making a lot of passing options, it uses a very high defensive line to close the gaps between the defense and midfield and make it easier to keep the ball. Your 2 most creative players are supposed to be the DLP and the Attacking Midfield as they are the only 2 who have the freedom to make risky passes. I also recommend using a 3rd creative player for Central Midfielder or at least someone with 15+ passing to minimize the risk of miss passes.

I prefer a complete forward for this tactic as his presence always results in more goals but a False 9 or a DLF should also work fine.

Some results and stats using this tactic:

Match stats:


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Discussion: The Ultimate 4-2-3-1 (Possession Football)

16 comments have been posted so far.

  • Khorne's avatar
    This tactics is the first one where you actually have the possession ! Yet I am 6 - 1 with Marseille on pr0 database ! I highly recommand this tactic !
  • BryanskWolf's avatar
    "ps benteke is monster with this tactic " - what's role is he playing?
  • RuudVanGoal's avatar
    What season are you in and how good is your squad? as this tactic applies a more disciplined\limited approach that doesn't require very skilled players i still doubt it would work for Norwich if your inferior to most of the teams but you could give it a shot.

    I haven't tried it with a bottom half of the table team myself.
  • tiebreak's avatar
    Do you think it can work with Norwich?
  • RuudVanGoal's avatar
    As i said in a previous comment tactics and teamworks should be good enough for general and matchday trainings.
  • fc_konoplia's avatar
    What about general trainings?
  • drinemralfc's avatar
    @ alexshing both of them pro manager and pro international player , i adjust the defense ability and attacking by decreasing gk and fitness 20 defence 18 attacking . its up to you
  • alexshing's avatar
    @ drinemralfc, I will restart the game . May I ask you. when want to satrt the game. They will ask you to create the manager . you have click to Full PRO MANAGER OR Pro international player or half of it? This will cause you whether you can become a good Liverpool manager . Thank You. can help?
  • drinemralfc's avatar
    @alexshing Mignolet Moreno Sakho Dejan Clyne Can (dlp) henderson/leiva (cm) coutinho/lallana (am) zivkovic (aml) ibe (amr) benteke/sturridge (cf)
  • alexshing's avatar
    @ drinemralfc, I tried let the asst manger to do OI and team talk . But still no good enough to top 8. Any different from you and me . Player i used the first 11. > Can help ? Thank You . Happy New Year
  • zbillu1989's avatar
    and remember your player need time to play well on any tactics! they must first meet the tactics! give some matches!
  • drinemralfc's avatar
    @Akexshing approach some good coaches , and let the assistant take care of oi and teamtalk . it works perfect .
  • alexshing's avatar
    @ drinemralfc , You using this tactic for Liverpool ? But I lost 3 matches for 7 played game? what happen ? Do I need to adjust something? thank you .
  • drinemralfc's avatar
    Good tactic . Im using it with Liverpool and so far 16 unbeaten 13 W 3 D . Great work ps benteke is monster with this tactic .
  • RuudVanGoal's avatar
    Tactics and Teamwork should be good enough :).
  • Ivoensousa's avatar
    Training and OI's ?
    I will try, i like possession tactics :)
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